Subi Oval ‘could suit soc­cer’

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new home of soc­cer in WA.

“I’ve spo­ken to a num­ber of Su­bi­aco coun­cil­lors and sug­gested they lobby the State Gov­ern­ment for the Su­bi­aco Oval and its as­so­ci­ated in­fra­struc­ture be con­verted and be­come the State Soc­cer Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence, which soc­cer des­per­ately needs,” he said.

“Perth Glory cur­rently trains on McGil­livray Oval in Mt Clare­mont, with no fa­cil­i­ties.

“Su­bi­aco should em­brace the next big par­tic­i­pa­tion sport dom­i­nat­ing the younger gen­er­a­tion and be­come the State’s cus­to­dian of the World Game.”

Foot­ball West an­nounced last month its $45 mil­lion plan to trans­form Ash­field Re­serve in Bassendean into the home of soc­cer in WA.

The peak soc­cer body for WA said they were still in the process of se­cur­ing fund­ing for the precinct.

Foot­ball West chair­man Liam Twig­ger said Su­bi­aco was con­sid­ered in the busi­ness case for the State Foot­ball Cen­tre, which was pro­duced by the De­part­ment of Sport and Re­cre­ation and Build­ing Man­age­ment and Works.

Mr Purser said he thought Su­bi­aco Oval would be a bet­ter op­tion in such tur­bu­lent eco­nomic times.

He said Ash­field Re­serve had very lit­tle ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture com­pared to what the Ea­gles would be leav­ing be­hind at Su­bi­aco Oval.

“In th­ese hard eco­nomic times for the State Gov­ern­ment, you’d think Su­bi­aco Oval would be a much more eco­nom­i­cally vi­able op­tion,” he said.

“Su­bi­aco Coun­cil con­tinue to bang on about alternate AFL op­tions for the oval, when soc­cer would be a great fit for all par­ties.”

City of Su­bi­aco chief ex­ec­u­tive Don Bur­nett said the City had not had any dis­cus­sions about con­vert­ing the oval into the State Soc­cer Cen­tre.

“The City is fo­cused on in­ves­ti­gat­ing a range of op­tions for the fu­ture pro­vi­sion of ac­tive re­cre­ation space at Su­bi­aco Oval, which could be used for a range of sport­ing con­fig­u­ra­tions,” he said.

Com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion on four sce­nar­ios for Su­bi­aco Oval will open this week, to­gether with the draft North Su­bi­aco Struc­ture Plan.

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